Cain & Abel
“He who kills, kills his brother.” By Elie Wiesel

Cain and Abel: The first two brothers of the first family in history. The only brothers in the world. The saddest, the most tragic. Why do they hold such an important place in our collective memory, which the Bible represents for so many of us? Mean, ugly, immoral, oppressive—their story disturbs and frightens. It […]

Clothes Maketh The Man
Keys to meaning in the stories of Saul and David By Ora Horn Prouser

Shivering, an aged King David lay on his deathbed, suffering from cold. But “although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm” (1 Kings 1:1). One telling detail in the biblical account of David’s death accentuates the irreversible decline of the king, whose empire has dissolved around him, whose family has betrayed […]

Jesus in the Movies
Jesus may be the most filmed figure in history By Peter T. Chattaway

Films recreate the past and make it come alive. For many people movies are their first and most memorable encounter with history. Movies can also reflect a society’s changing values, as well as its attempts to come to terms with its past and draw lessons for its future. This is especially true of movies […]

The Mystery of Paul
Three new books explore the man who shaped Christianity By Bruce Chilton

Paul: A Critical Life Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (New York and Oxford: Clarendon, 1996) xv1 + 416 pp., $35 Paul: The Mind of the Apostle A.N. Wilson (New York and London: Norton, 1977) xiii + 274 pp., $25 What Saint Paul Really SaidWas Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity? Tom Wright (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, […]

What We Miss
By taking the Bible apart By Rolf Rendtorff

The impulse to engage with the Bible is, at its roots, a religious—that is to say, a theological—one. So it has been for thousands of years, for both Jews and Christians. This changed, in the 18th century, with what we call the Enlightenment. I do not mean to discredit the Enlightenment. It shaped the […]


A Teacher Like Elijah
A rare teacher, James Muilenburg was able to hold together the historical meaning, the literary form and the theological significance of biblical texts. By Bernhard W. Anderson
Upstaging the Emperor
Luke placed a time bomb alongside the central symbol of Roman imperial power: The divine Lord of the world is not Caesar, but Jesus. By N. T. Wright